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November 2, 2000
AUTHORS MICHAEL ONDAATJE AND DAVID ADAMS RICHARDS WIN
THE 2000 GILLER PRIZE
TORONTO - At a gala dinner and award ceremony that drew over 450 members of the publishing industry and arts community, Michael Ondaatje and David Adams Richards were both named as the winners of The Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary prize for fiction. Michael Ondaatje's winning novel, Anil's Ghost, is published by McClelland & Stewart. David Adams Richards' novel, Mercy Among the Children, is published by Doubleday Canada. The largest annual prize for fiction in the country, The Giller Prize awards $25,000 each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. This is the first year in the prize's seven year history that there have been two winners. Each will receive a $25,000 cheque. A shortlist of six finalists was announced on October 4, 2000.
Those finalists were:
Selected by a distinguished jury panel, comprised of authors Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, and Jane Urquhart, the finalists were chosen from 62 books submitted for consideration.
Of Anil's Ghost, the jury remarked, "Against the lush and luminous background of Sri Lanka, a country torn by terrorism and civil war, Michael Ondaatje sets a journey of profound discoveries. Forensic pathologist Anil Tissera re-engages with her despoiled homeland while attempting the dangerous task of putting a name to the skull of an unknown man, thus naming his murderers. But there are personal betrayals and crimes of the heart at issue too in this richly-detailed, evocative, and many-stranded tale."
Of David Adams Richards' novel, the jury remarked, "In Mercy Among the Children the quests for love, truth, and spiritual certainty are themes as old as antiquity. Other issues such as the toxic poisoning of the land, the survival of the casually vicious, and the chasm between adoptees and biological parents are unsettling in their contemporary immediacy. Set in an area of New Brunswick labelled "the Stumps," this novel ultimately spills across all boundaries of time and place in prose as ruggedly beautiful as the subjects it describes."
ABOUT THE WINNERS
The Giller Prize was founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.back to previous news